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McGuinness ‘delighted’ to help Europe’s Ryder Cup challenge

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness is ready to give Paul McGinley whatever help he needs in captaining Europe at Gleneagles next year.

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PAUL MCGINLEY HAS already reached out to Donegal manager Jim McGuinness to help chart a path to Ryder Cup glory.

McGinley, who is the first Irishman to captain Europe’s golfers against America, hinted last week that he might bring the football supremo on board as an advisor for the match in Gleneagles in September 2014.

“I spoke to him since the announcement and he’s been texting and stuff,” McGuinness told the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio this morning. “If there’s anything at all I can do, I’d be delighted to help him.”

“To be associated with it or to be working with that calibre of an athlete would be a great experience in itself.”

It is a chance for McGuinness to repay the favour after McGinley helped him to land his plum job as a part-time performance consultant with Celtic. The Dubliner tipped off owner Dermot Desmond about McGuinness’s rising star and the SPL giants snapped him up not long after he brought the All-Ireland football title back to the hills last September.

The two have arranged to speak further in the coming months with McGinley, who spoke proudly of his own GAA roots at the Ryder Cup press conference, keen to tap into his friend’s man-management expertise.

“I know we’re definitely going to talk once or twice in the coming months in terms of team dynamics and stuff,” McGuinness said. “If there’s anything over and above that, I’d be delighted to help him out.”

Listen to McGuinness on the Shaun Doherty Show here >

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